Elections - City

Snook leads Council campaign finance race

Attorney Lloyd Snook is well in front in the campaign finance race for Charlottesville City Council.

Snook reported $28,433 in contributions in the first quarter of 2019, according to campaign finance data published by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Snook received 53 cash contributions with amounts more than $100, including four $1,000 receipts. Former City Councilor Julian Taliaferro is among the donors in that category.

So far, Snook’s campaign has spent the money on campaign promotion materials through a company called The Blue Deal, as well as $1,000 to rent Bashir’s on the Downtown Mall.

Sena Magill raised $7,872 in the period, including six contributions over $100. Former City Councilors Meredith Richards and George Gilliam are included in that list.

Magill started the year with a balance of $11,723, including a $10,000 gift from Sonjia Smith. Her $4,625 in itemized expenditures include a $1,663 payment to herself as a vendor.

Brian Pinkston raised $10,182 in the period, including 25 donations of more than $100, totalling $6,785. Former City Councilors Meredith Richards, Elizabeth “Bitsy” Waters, Tom Vandever, and George Gilliam donated to the Pinkston campaign.

So far, Pinkston has spent $2,211 on the campaign, including $999 to himself as a vendor.

Michael Payne raised $9,281 in the period including 19 donations over $100.

Bellamy Brown, an independent candidate who joined the race in late March, reported $50 in the period.

VPAP did not list any data for former Councilor Bob Fenwick, who is also in the race for three Democratic nominations.

Neither John Edward Hall or Paul Long, independents in the race, raised any money in the first quarter of the year.

Albemarle County Supervisor Races

VPAP also lists data for Albemarle County, including the contested race for the Democratic nomination for Albemarle County. Incumbent Norman Dill declined to seek a second term.

Bea LaPisto Kirtley raised $7,350 in the period, including $5,000 from Sonjia Smith.

Jerrod Smith raised $4,906 in the first quarter.

In the open Scottsville seat, Democrat Donna Price raised $1,026 while Republican Mike Hallahan raised $2,500.

Incumbent Ann Mallek raised no money in the first quarter, but reported a campaign finance account balance of $2,658. She currently faces no challengers.